Friday, May 27, 2011

The Overstuffed Baby Comes Full Circle!

"A superb story - blogging works!" 
~ Randy Seaver ~

As you read yesterday, Shades and the Overstuffed Baby made a connection. I was contacted by Dorothy Gray's granddaughter, Emelie Williams, who wrote and has sent Shades photographs of Dorothy's life, bringing our story full circle. 

From Emelie Williams:
I was bowled over when her baby photo came on my monitor.

God love the internet and people who love history.

We are fortunate to have quite a lot of photos from Dorothy's side of the family. She kept scap books that have some portraits of family members and also some of Virginia City, Tonapah and Goldfield. 

 Dorothy's Engagement Portrait

I must say that your detective work on her photograph was very accurate and your methodology may prove helpful as we are piecing together some of our unknown people. She was indeed born June 20, 1907 in Goldfield, so your theory that she was about 6 months old was correct. They were Catholic and that looks like a Christening gown. So your thought about going to Silver City has great possibilities. 

As the secretary for the School Lunch program
Washoe County, Nevada

I will look forward to reading more about preserving, sleuthing, researching and opening up the paths to the past in your future issues. 

Thank you, Emelie

Emelie, the thanks is all mine. Yes, the internet is a wonderful place and this story is proof that we all have the opportunity to make a connection, to break down a brick wall, to come full circle. 

Yes, thank you Emelie, for contacting Shades and for being so generous with your family history. It was such a pleasure to find that the research of a photograph of a baby with nothing more than a name resulted in such accurate work. It is so encouraging.

And now, it is on to preserving, sleuthing, researching and opening up the paths to the past.


Blogger Greta Koehl said...

As good as it gets....

May 27, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Craig Manson said...

From discovery to analysis to outcome, this is a grand slam!

May 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Dorene from Ohio said...

Beautiful story of connecting names and faces! It was wonderful to see Dorothy grow up through these images

May 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM  

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